Tuesday, May 21, 2013
By Kelley Bouchard email@example.com
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Also known as pertussis, whooping cough is a bacterial respiratory infection characterized by persistent coughing fits that are marked by high-pitched “whooping” sounds. Before immunization became widespread in the 1940s, most children developed whooping cough; 150,000 to 260,000 cases were reported annually.
"All infants, pregnant women and anyone around them should be immunized," Sears said.
Pertussis vaccinations, which also immunize against diphtheria and tetanus, are readily available through primary care practices and health clinics. Ask a doctor about health conditions that may preclude immunization.
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